Arthur T. Polhill-Turner

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Arthur T. Polhill-Turner (7 February 1862 – 21 November 1935) was an English missionary. He was one of the Cambridge Seven, seven young men from England that travelled to China in order to continue Hudson Taylor's missionary work there.

Early life[edit]

Arthur Polhill-Turner was born on 7 February 1862. He was educated at Eton College and Trinity College, Cambridge.[1]

Christian evangelism[edit]

In November 1882, Polhill-Turner was deeply moved by the American evangelist Dwight L. Moody’s talks to Trinity students. Recognizing the seriousness of following Christ, he only decided to follow him after thoroughly thinking through the implications of such a decision. He was the first of the Cambridge Seven to have the inkling that China was for him, and soon after his decision to follow Christ he began to pursue this desire with intensity, convincing a few of the others to join him.[2]


He died on 21 November 1935.


  1. ^ "Polhill-Turner (post Polhill), Arthur [Twistleton] (PLHL881AT)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  2. ^ Pollock, John, "The Cambridge Seven", 2006